Nuki integrates door lock with BioID’s biometric facial recognition, liveness detection

Nuki has demonstrated support by its smart electronic door lock for biometric facial recognition with liveness detection through integration with BioID, the company announced in a blog post.

Compatible with popular smart home systems from Apple, Google and Amazon, Nuki supports any smart home environment, and can even communicate with Zigbee and Z-Wave smart home protocols when used with a supported hub. The smart door lock is controlled through a web interface and a Nuki Web account for tech integration. The Nuki Web API is a useful interface for companies because it helps manage multiple smart locks with biometric access control, it is easy to use and increases visibility into door lock activities, the company says.

BioID’s biometric facial recognition with liveness detection is an added security layer to protect against facial recognition fraud. Suited to controlled access scenarios, liveness detection analyzes images based on texture and 3D features to prevent spoofing and reject photos, videos and even silicone masks. BioID’s facial recognition app connects directly to the software, so it is not just the Nuki app that is used to control the smart door lock.

The Nuki Combo is made up of Nuki Smart Lock and Nuki Bridge, which communicates through the Nuki Web API and prevents the door from opening until the facial recognition authentication process is successful.

To open the door by using the Nuki app and BioID facial recognition, the user has to go through an enrolment process where facial images are turned into a biometric pattern that receives a unique ID number. The user is then registered with the unique ID number in the BioID app, and when the button to unlock the door is pressed, both the facial recognition and liveness detection processes start.

During the door unlocking process, two selfies are taken, sent to the BioID server, converted into biometric patterns and matched to the pattern initially enrolled. If a match is confirmed, the BioID server uses the Nuki Web API to confirm the command to the Nuki Bridge.

For now, there is no public rollout planned with BioID, as the integration necessitates extended user management for credentialing and policy setting. While Nuki provides the technical interface for smart home system integration with its Web API, the company notes its end-to-end encryption is separate from the security deployed by the partner smart home company.

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